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Situation Maldives: State of Public Health Emergency Extended

Situation Maldives – A month ago, Maldives declared state of public health emergency for the first time ever due to the global spread of COVID-19. On Friday, Minister of Health announced the extension of the state of public health emergency till 30th April 2020. Furthermore, closure of all educational institutions has also been extended to an additional week from 12th April 2020 onwards.

health minister speaking at press conference
Health Minister Abdulla Ameen speaking at the press conference regarding extension of State of Public Health Emergency

The government of Maldives along with the health professionals have been overseeing the situation while implementing all necessary precautions. On 01st April 2020, a curfew was imposed in greater Male’ area between 17:00 hours and 20:00 hours every day, from 02nd April 2020. However, on 09th April 2020, the Director General of Public Health announced the discontinuation of the curfew. Despite the curfew being lifted, groups of more than three people are still not allowed outside.

Maldives saw a total of 19 positive cases within the one month, out of which 13 individuals have recovered as of now. With more than 1000 individuals currently quarantined and a number of Maldivians returning to the country, the government has also announced plans for additional quarantine facilities.

To ensure the well-being of all Maldivians affected by COVID-19, rescue flights for those stranded abroad and wishes to return home are being carried out by Maldivian airlines. Moreover, care packages are being taken to families abroad during the special flights, with over 08 tonnes of goods flown to Srilanka alone. In addition to the rescue flights, Maldivian has also been operating cargo flights to Bangkok, Dubai, Colombo, Trivandrum and Chennai.

The embassies are working in collaboration with Maldivian. The priority is to transport home the people facing the direst of circumstances or those who lack any options. For example, to transport home a person who travelled overseas on a temporary visit to seek medical care. The circumstances such a person faces are far worse than the families who reside there.”

Mabrook Azeez, Government Spokesperson.

As the borders still remain closed for foreigners and the country is under a state of Public Health Emergency, a large number of resorts have ceased its operations for the time being. Universal Enterprises, Crown & Champa Resorts, and Villa Hotels are some of the many companies which has closed their resorts.

Tourism being the backbone of the country’s economy, the outbreak hit the Maldives hard. Bank of Maldives introduced an MVR 2.5 billion stimulus package to support businesses affected by the situation. This allows the receiver to a 6% interest per annum for a period of 03 years, including a grace period of 6 months during which principal nor interest payments will be required to pay. Small and medium scale businesses as well as self-employed individuals can avail loans through SME Development Finance Corporation (SDFC). Moreover, moratorium on housing loans, student loans as well as personal loans from Bank of Maldives can be availed.

On 08th April 2020, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih discussed the ongoing COVID-19 situation with the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom over the phone. The president expressed appreciation for the efforts of WHO in raising awareness and assisting in battling the pandemic. Although Maldives has not seen a community spread, the President emphasised that preparations have been initiated since January and were taken with the consideration of the worst-case scenario.

President Ibrahim Solih Speaking to the Director General of WHO
President Ibrahim Solih Speaking to the Director General of WHO

The world cannot be locked down for months. What we need to do is to find the ‘Safest tomorrow’ to travel. Therefore, safe ways to start traveling and safe markets to start with, a must be on top of our agenda.”

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed said at UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee meeting.

It’s no surprise that the global pandemic brought the travel industry to a halt. Hence, UNWTO brought together a Global Tourism Crisis Committee in order to support the world tourism. The Tourism Minister Ali Waheed was appointed the chair of South Asian Regional Commission of the committee. As the need for coordination and cooperation is vital in order to overcome the pandemic, holding regular virtual meetings will help in analysing and evaluating the situation across the world. UNWTO also introduced ‘Stay home today so you can travel tomorrow’ tagline promoted through digital media as the hashtag #TravelTomorrow.

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Are you looking to work in Maldives? Here are 05 job opportunities in Maldives Resorts!

Have you always wondered how the girls on social media got to travel and work in Maldives?

If you’re a fan of travel and work, then you follow creators on Instagram and TikTok who travel and work in the Maldives. Whether they’re island hosts or waiters, these travellers are living a unique and blissful experience. They get to experience the culture, lifestyle and beautiful scenery of the Maldives. But the best part is, they’re making money while living in the Maldives! So, how do you get a job in the Maldives, especially a resort job? It’s easy, all you have to do is apply!

The Maldives is one of those beautiful destinations where the choices are limitless. With over 180 resorts, there is a high chance that there is a job out there for you. So stop scrolling, and leap on an adventure to work and live in the Maldives this year. Here are some of the resort jobs updated on Job Maldives that you can apply for.

Laundry Supervisor at Diamonds Thudufushi Beach and Water Villas

Are you looking to work in a scenic resort just 20 minutes away from the Capital city by seaplane? Here’s the opportunity to work at Diamonds Thundufushi Beach and Water Villas. The resort is looking for a passionate individual with 2-3 years of work experience in a similar role. In addition to the experience, the qualifications for this job include:

  • Excellent knowledge of computing and officer software
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Great team player who thrives in working with a multicultural team and guests alike
  • Ability to work independently with minimal support and effective management
  • Self-confident, creative and proactive, able to prioritize and make effective decisions
  • Customer-driven and courteous individual with an outgoing and approachable character
  • A positive ‘Can DO attitude’
  • Experience working with a multicultural team

If you have these qualifications this job in Maldives is perfect for you. Some of the benefits of this job include a good competitive salary and service charge as well as training and career development programs. Additionally, employees also get annual leave with a ticket to their home island or country provided. In addition to the annual leave, the mandatory leaves are also paid! Accommodation, meals and laundry service are also covered by the resort and employees get health insurance coverage as well.

The closing date for this position is March 8th, so interested candidates can apply now!

Meeru Maldives Hiring Waiters

Serving over 40 years in the Maldives hospitality industry, Meeru Maldives is also looking to hire some new faces this time around. A job posting was updated on Job Maldives for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to fill the position of Waiter! Some of the qualifications for this job include:

  • GCE O Level standard or Higher education
  • A minimum of one year of previous Hotel and restaurant experience is an added advantage
  • Basic food and beverage knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, written and verbal
  • Excellent customer care skills and interpersonal relations

If chosen to work as a Waiter at Meeru Maldives Resort Island, you will be expected to:

  • Serve food & beverages to the correct standards as implemented by F&B management
  • Regularly set up stations before service according to the correct standards
  • Ensure the cleanliness & tidiness of outlets at all times
  • Have full knowledge of all current promotions and available food and beverage products in all outlets

The deadline for this position is set for March 13th and interested applicants can shoot their shot now!

Room Attendant Position at Meeru Maldives

Here is yet another job opening posted on Job Maldives for the position of room attendant at Meeru Maldives. The requirements for this position include:

  • At least one year of previous experience ( added advantage )
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Customer-driven and self-motivated

This job is perfect for anyone looking to be employed in a Maldives resort! Here are the daily tasks required according to the job posting on Job Maldives:

  • To clean rooms i.e., sanitizing bathrooms, dusting rooms, making beds, defrosting mini-bar fridges and sweeping floors according to the hotel standards
  • Replenish amenities, linens and supplies
  • Report all maintenance required in guest rooms immediately

The deadline for this position is March 13th, 2024, you can apply for this position now!

Security Officer & Demi Chef De Partie at Kuruma Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is also looking to fill up two positions soon. One of the positions for the Security Office, this position is open for female applicants. The second position is for Demi Chef De Partie open for Thai nationals.

The resort is always looking to hire people looking for opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition to joining a team of like-minded passionate individuals, you also have the advantage of being located near the City. This means less travel to get to the City on your off day!

You can find the application for this position and more careers at Universal here!

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